BevNET Magazine
July-August 2019

Cover Story

Iced Tea’s Fizz Factor

Over the past year, the iced tea category has made modest gains at U.S. retail. According to market research group SPINS, the overall RTD iced tea category grew 2.2% in the 52-week period ending on June 16, 2019. Could bubbles be the innovation to help both large brands and startups kickstart category growth? Considering the prodigious popularity of sparkling waters, some brands think it might be.

Features

2019 Natural Beverage Guide

BevNET’s annual Natural Beverage Guide includes everything from kombucha to bottled waters and powders, plus companies that supply goods and services to those beverage manufacturers.

Columns

BevNET Live Summer 2019 Review

As BevNET editor-in-chief Jeff Klineman put it in his opening remarks, the beverage industry is in a “time of contradictions” as category and retail dynamics are being disrupted and reinvented in real time. The speakers at BevNET Live Summer 2019, held June 12-13 at the Metropolitan West in New York City, reflected many of those contradictions; from traditional distribution and tech-enabled innovation to young entrepreneurs and experienced veterans.

Bevscape: The Latest Beverage Brand News

In beverage news, Coca-Cola wins arbitration with Monster over ‘Energy’ line; New Age agrees terms to acquire Brands Within Reach; Bragg Live Food Products acquired by Investor Group

Brewscape: The Latest Craft Beer Brand News

In craft beer news, Boston Beer Company acquires Dogfish Head; MillerCoors names new Hop Valley president; Smuttynose Brewing Company hires Brian Walsh as CEO; Saint Louis Brewery promotes Fran Caradonna to CEO

NOSH Live Recap: Build with Purpose, Communicate, Lead

Entrepreneurs and leaders from some of the industry’s most dynamic natural food companies presented tips and strategies for authentic brand building, effective leadership and growth during NOSH Live Summer 2019, held June 3-4 at the Metropolitan West in New York City.

Summer Fancy Food Show 2019 Review

Sandwiched in between Expo West and Expo East, the annual Summer Fancy Food Show could easily fall into the shadow of those two larger events. However, this June 23-26 inside the Javits Center in New York City, there was plenty of beverage innovation to go around.

NOSHscape: The Latest Food Brand News

In natural food industry news, biltong launch marks start of new era at Chef’s Cut; Purple Carrot acquired; Mondelēz acquires Perfect Snacks to build out snacking portfolio; With Dirt Kitchen & CaPao, Mondelēz tests new launch strategies

Publisher’s Toast: Just For The Taste Of It

As the summer and all its glory finally kicks in after a lackluster and rainy spring, the activity of beverages goes into high gear as well. First, we hosted another fantastic BevNET Live, with 650-plus satisfied attendees. One of my favorite aspects of the conference is sampling the latest entries brought to the event. We had about 150 brands in the coolers. There were products of every category, every price point and every sort of package. That should make for an exciting time. Yet, here is where I can honestly express my disappointment.